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Crystal Kite Award Winner: Samantha M Clark

Congratulations to Austin author Samantha M Clark, winner of the 2019 Crystal Kite Award for THE BOY, THE BOAT AND THE BEAST (Simon & Schuster).

During our September chapter meeting, SCBWI Board of Advisors member Cynthia Leitich Smith presented the award to Samantha M Clark. Cynthia praised the book and Samantha’s leadership and devotion to our writing community as Regional Advisor.  “She’s been a model for persistence and studiousness of craft during her apprenticeship.”

Samantha graciously accepted the award and encouraged those in attendance to keep working on their craft. “The difference between trying to be a writer and being one is writing and writing & writing more.”

The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world. Our division includes Texas and Oklahoma. For eligibility requirements, past winners and more information, see SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards.